marina bay sands skypark opens marina bay sands skypark opens
jun 25, 2010

marina bay sands skypark opens

swimming in the skypark, 200 meters in the air image courtesy of la repubblica

earlier this year, designboom visited the marina bay sands while it was still under construction. then in april, the high-rise hotel complex opened its doors to the public. now the marina bay sands™ in singapore is welcoming visitors for the first time to the ‘sands skypark’, a 380 meter-long roof top deck which spans across the length of the complex’s three skyscraper structures. designed by architect moshe safdie, the platform rests 200 meters in the air and is equivalent in size to the eiffel tower laid horizontally on its side or three football fields connected end to end. the construction cost around 80 million dollars and required roughly 7,000 tons of steel to complete. to walk the whole length of the skypark takes around twenty minutes, provided that visitors do not stop to enjoy the various attractions along the way: a 150 meter-long infinity swimming pool, bar, restaurant and spa, botanical garden with 250 species of trees and 650 plants, and an observation deck that provides a panoramic view of the waterfront. the observation deck alone is capable of holding 900 people at once, with the whole skypark having the capacity to host up to 3,900.

accommodation at the hotel does not come cheap, but visitors who wish to just visit and enjoy the observation deck can gain access for 20 USD.

the 150 meter-long infinity pool image courtesy of la repubblica

image courtesy of safdie architects drawing by lim vong image courtesy of safdie architects

image courtesy of safdie architects

image courtesy of safdie architects

the marina bay sands™ with the waterfront image courtesy of safdie architects

paragliding off the skypark from a recent skyscraper free-climbing race held at the marina bay sands™ image courtesy of la repubblica

  • This was still being built last time I was there…. The pool looks amazing.

    I think roof top gardens are a great use of space – and wish we saw more of it in Sydney… Instead the rooftops are littered with air con units.

    BP says:
  • Incredibly good idea. The complex itself looks massive, and therefore not very nice in the skyline, but it surely gives identity. I think the whole idea of the deck is fabulous!
    I will surely visit it soon!

    Monica says:
  • Snotty, unnecessary, inappropriate, ….why?

    max says:
  • cool idea but ugly 😀

    beatou says:
  • The project is just really for shouting to the whole city: “because I can!”

    V says:
  • I agree with beatou that this could be designed to look better. Right now it looks like Noahs ark got stuck when the water receded. The horizontal structure does not compliment the vertical edifices very well, heck the trio buildings does not even look that great.

    However it is an excellent concept. I wonder if one could swim in the infinity pool for without an accommodation at the hotel.

    yo ho, Yo Ho says:
  • “Right now it looks like Noahs ark got stuck when the water receded.”
    Couldn’t put it better. And thanks for the long long laugh. =D

    sillybug says:
  • It reminds me of bad 1960’s architecture linked together with a cruis ship on top… what a pile of crap! It is one of Safdie’s best though.

    Eric says:
  • You got to see it for yourself .. is beautiful!

    Casey Chen says:
  • It is an amazing structure and a magnificent art piece. Every single detail is put to perfection! you gotta see it to believe it!

    Dolly says:
  • the best moment of this project is when all the architecture disappears.
    how does one keep from swimming off the edge?

    alex says:
  • spectacular, but ugly

    bob says:

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